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Making Sexual and Reproductive Health Reporting Appealing

Sexual and reproductive health rights, SRHR reporting for some journalists may now become attractive following an initiation during a two-day hands-on training.

The impact of lockdowns on sexual and reproductive health, access to contraceptives for youths, Bornfyne as a maternal health solution, a blog on girls’ things, demystifying abortions, managing menstruation as athletes are some of the issues around SRHR appealing to the journalists.

Sexual and reproductive health rights situation of Cameroon is dire, 406 Cameroonian women die out of 100,000 live births. Unsafe abortions account for 30 percent maternal deaths; only about 18 percent of teenage girls have access to contraception and reproductive health services experts say.

Prof. Fomulu Nelson, Vice President of the Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians of Cameroon explains the situation more.

Prof.Fomulu Nelson explains the SRHR situation in Cameroon

Before now, SRHR issues rarely made it to the front pages of some newspapers in Cameroon. Even when these issues were reported inside the papers; sexual violence took precedence followed by HIV/AIDS while family planning; contraceptives and abortion were underreported, Njodzefe Nestor, Journalist/Researcher found in a random research.  

It was against the backdrop of the engagement taken by SisterSpeak237 to contribute their quota in education, sensitization and changing the narrative around SRHR as an underreported issue that they organized the two day training for 40 journalists. The training had the financial support of the Canadian High Commission and the Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians of Cameroon.

The training coincided with the International Safe Abortion Day on September 28 on the theme, “uncertain times call for diverse, collective action on many fronts“. Representatives of the International Federation of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians were present to provide additional resources during the training.

Comfort Mussa, CEO, SisterSpeak237 unveils rationale behind the training and the steps ahead for the project.

Comfort Mussa, CEO SisterSpeak237

On the occasion, Marcus Davies, Political Counsellor, High Commission of Canada in Cameroon stated that through the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives, they are working with SisterSpeak237, an opportunity for journalists to work on underreported areas.

The fund promotes women’s empowerment and media freedom.

Marcus Davies Political Counsellor, High Commission of Canada in Cameroon
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